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Are you exercising, and if so, what are you doing?<br><br>
I've been a member of a gym across from my office for about 2 yrs now, and I was going pretty regularly before I found out about the Turkey. Actually, right before then i wasn't so regular about it because I'd been on vaca and traveling for business, etc. I used to Spin 3 times a week and do weights on the nautilus equipment like 1x/week.<br><br>
Now that I have energy again, I'm getting back into it. My goal is 3 days a week at the gym, and at least one long walk on the weekend (doesn't have to be a fast walk, just s nice distance). I'm typically getting on the exercise bike 1-2x/week and pedaling with low resistance, and maybe on the 3rd day I'll get on the treadmill and walk up a very lo incline hill or else I'll do some very light weights, though that is starting to stress me out so I'm not sure if I want to keep doing it or not.<br><br>
Next week if I can afford it, I'm going to start prenatal yoga after work on Wednesdays.<br><br>
I didn't work out when I was pg with Sam because my gym was too hot and I just felt awful. I had some videos but I didn't like any of them. I like going to the gym at lunch because it gets me out of the office and I can watch tv and just chill a little.<br><br>
So, is anyone else exercising, and if so, what are you doing? I'm jsut really curious, and also could use a little support to motivate myself to get there.<br><br>
I also live in NYC so I walk everywhere anyway, and do plenty of up and down the stairs getting to and from the subway every morning, so that helps me feel a little better about everything, too.
 

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i was doing kickboxing 2wice a week up until my 2 month mark when i satrted feeling sick. i moved so now im thinking of going to the gym a few days a week.. but havnt started yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> and i am aslo going to do prenatal yoga starting sometime this week..<br><br>
i dont have a car either so we walk everywhere, so i consider that exercise, although it doent usually get y heart beat up. probably by the summer it will though :LOL<br><br>
i feel healthy but i want to maintain good strength beause i know it will only get harder when i have 2 to take care of.
 

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I was a huge gym rat last year. I did cardio 2-3 days per week and heavy weight lifting 4 days week. I loved it! I was lean and strong and full of energy.<br><br>
Then I had some stress and started back to work FT and started eating bad and stopped exercising. Started gaining some of the weight back, got more depressed, ate more, gained more...vicious cycle.<br><br>
Then when I got pregnant, I was tired and sick. NOw that I am feeling a little better, I am trying to get back on track. My goal is 3x/week at the gym for cardio. I am doing 20-30 mins on the elliptical machine at a moderate pace. I also want to take at least one hike on the weekends, but they always end up so busy!<br><br>
And finally, I want to do some yoga to get my strength and flexibility back. I can't get to the gym more than the 3x/week, so I am looking for a good video. Any suggestions?<br><br>
That's my routine. Got off to a weak start last week. Have my clothes packed for after work today. Wish me luck!
 

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I get all my exercise through incidental walking -- walking the dog, walking to and from the bus stop, running errands around my campus -- coupled with more purposeful and brisk weekend walks and hatha yoga. It's not an intense routine, but I can feel my heart rate going up gently throughout the day as I do these little activities, and I feel like it's really helping me. Also, I just do regular yoga, the only kind offered at my gym, but I spoke to the instructor about my pregnancy and got a list of poses to avoid in the second trimester (cobra, boat, all the inverteds) as well as some suggestions for good alternate poses (cow and cat, anything that opens up your hip and pelvic region).
 

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I exercised like crazy when pg with my son- gym 3-4x a week for cardio and lifting, power lifting classes, and long walks with the dogs daily, and prenatal yoga. I felt great and had so many muscles!<br><br>
BUT....now that I have a toddler all that has changed! We can't afford the gym and I have him with me all the time, so all I can do is walking, which we do a lot of! I also do flow yoga classes once a week which is quite a workout. I totally want and need to do weights but don't see how to make it happen. I have some good workout videos, but when ds is asleep the last thing I want to do is exercise- I totally veg out or do housework! Sometines I also do yardwork which can be quite a workout.<br><br>
I made a pact with myself to go swimming at least once every other week- I love to swim, I just never seem to have the motivation to go.<br><br>
I wish I could exercise more in this pregnancy, but I'm looking forward to a couple years from now, maybe when ds is in school and someone can watch the little one for a few hours while I go to the gym so I can get back in shape again!
 

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I really needed this thread! I've been having such a hard time motivating myself to exercise, it's hard to even goet out for a 15 minute walk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I used to work out at a gym but haven't lived near one in over 2 years. I can't really afford a gym anyway right now. I'm planning on just walking and maybe picking up some prenatal workout videos. I'd love to be able to swim and there's even a pool near my new house, but I haven't figured out childcare.<br>
I'd love some recommendations for good workout videos!
 

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I had been working out for almost a year before I got pregnant, and lost about 17 lbs and felt so much better. In my first trimester, I really forced myself to go every other day, as I noticed that both my energy levels and nausea would be MUCH worse if I didn't work out. It would be painful at the time (particularly if I'd skipped a few days) but the next day I would be rewarded with a nausea-free high-energy day. I did read in (I think) the wise woman herbal that exercise of any sort helps to redistribute/regulate the hormones or something. I was definitely not as sick as with my first pregnancy.<br><br>
Now, I try to go do cardio everyday or every other day, for 30 -45 minutes at a time; or go for a long walk, etc. I do push myself to sweating, but keep my heart rate under 150 BPM. I go to a regular yoga class once a week (included in my membership) and want to save prenatal yoga's expenses until a little later in the pregnancy. In the summer, I'll have to do more outside things because my daughter will be out of preschool...<br><br>
I wish there were some sort of strength exercise video just for birth prep - i.e. squats for pushing and building thighs; some sort of arm exercise for picking up and holding a baby in a sling all day...etc? Does anyone know of something like this? I won't do it without a partner/class/video.
 

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I started walking at my Y.<br>
I plan to a few times a week- as well as walks with ds.<br><br>
I also have been sitting on my birthing ball some!<br>
Emilie
 

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Every night when DH comes home we take a 30 minute walk. It is our family time. DH comes home and changes his clothes and DD (19 mos) grabs his shoes and grabs his hand and takes him to the door. She knows when it is time for our walk. Very cute! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
That is about all the exercise that I get. Better than nothing I guess.
 

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I've actually kept up with exercising much better during this pregnancy than in the past. I'd say on average I work out 4xs a week and then my husband and kids and I go for a hike each weekend, usually about 3 miles. During the week I do exercise videos - I'm still doing my Firm workouts, they're both a mix of step, low impact aerobics and strengthening, but I take it much easier than before I was pregnant and I skip the abdominals. I stopped doing my pilates video because it was almost all laying on the back. I've purchased one pregnancy work-out, but only do it about once a week at this point because it just seems too easy. I don't worry about my heart rate so much when I'm exercising and I like to have a light sweat going, but I make sure to slow down or pause when I start to feel breathless.
 

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I get to the gym three- four times a week in total- one aquarobics class, and I generally do about half an hour cardiovascular stuff, some weights and a swim on the other days (depending on how much time I have.)<br>
The Active Birth Centre in the UK does a natural pregnancy DVD with Janet Balaskas- haven't used it myself, but it looks good. I have their yoga in pregnancy tape (somewhere- must find it out) which was fantastic, and I'm trying to get into London for a class or two to reinspire myself.
 

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I'm just now starting to feel the desire to get up and moving again, so I've been doing my bellydance video, and walking 2x a day for about 30-45 minutes each. But I just found out yesterday that there is a prenatal yoga class about 2 blocks from my house, so I'm going to check it out next week! I'm excited about the exercise part of it, but I also hope it will help me meet some other pregnant mamas in my town. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I may also start going back to the gym next week so I can get back on track with weights.<br><br>
And of course, I'm doing my kegels. :LOL
 

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I was a regular at the campus gym before I got pregnant, and kept it up pretty well for the first couple months. Lately, however, it really seems impossible... the gym isn't air conditioned and it feels like I get overheated so easily!<br><br>
I'd like to start swimming or doing water aerobics or something. I know my stroke is terrible, but perhaps I'll go find a maternity swimsuit and tough it out. The problem is now that it's summer the gym is only open until 6:30 and I'm working full days, so it's hard to get food, get to the building and get ready, swim and change in an hour and a half.
 

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Before the morning sickness took over I was fast walking on the treadmill will full incline, plus some weights, spinning, and stepper work about 3-4/wk. I am just now starting to want to get into it again, but I tire easily, and get dizzy. So I'm taking it slow. Walking on the treadmill for as long as I can with as much incline as I can and I monitor and change the settings according to what I can take on that particular day.<br>
Since we're moving I don't know what will be available in the area. DH has a 3 hour lunch break everyday (being a chiropractor has definite benefits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) so he is very supportive of me working out at that time. I'd like to work out everyday. We'll see. Here's a list of what I'd like to do:<br>
swim/water aerobics<br>
walk<br>
bike (till the belly can handle it)<br>
lift weights (mostly upper body... keep an eye on those jiggly triceps)<br>
prenatal yoga<br>
meditate (yes, I think it's an exercise because you have to take time out to do it)
 

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Hey There,<br>
I am usually the weight lifting, bike commuting, century riding, push myself to the limit exerciser, but now that I am pregnant, I am having a really hard time knowing what to do. I was dead tired before but that's getting better.<br><br>
I lose my motivation if I am not pushing myself really hard!<br><br>
I hope I can go to the gym 3X/week and ride my bike into work a couple of times a week (only 10 miles RT). I wish I had time to do more, but my DS is 4 and you know how that is!<br><br>
Does anyone know of some specific guidelines of what is safe and not safe for pregnancy? I have heard that abs are out but only after 4 months. Not sure about abs on the ball, since you are not on the floor on your back...anyway, anybody have any suggestions?<br><br>
It feels so good to work out!!
 

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Uh oh - I hadn't heard that abs were out. Why? I have a pilates book by Mari Winsor that has abs all the way through the 9th month (not necessarily on your back though). I haven't really had any problems lying on my back either, yet - maybe that will soon show up.
 

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I've just started this week waking up 30 minutes early to do a half hour of exercise on my Gazelle - its a workout machine that's kind of like an eliptical trainer, but gentler. DH and I also try to walk several nights a week - our goal for the summer is at least 5 nights per week. We do anywhere from 1.5-4 miles.<br><br>
Here's my question - would it be terrible if I lost some weight? Technically, I'm overweight at 5'4" and 156 lbs pre-preg, but I was only about a size 8. (I'm very muscular so I tend to weigh more than other people my size.) I started my last pregnancy about 10 lbs lighter, so at the very least I'm going to limit my weight gain this time. But, its still early in the game since I'm only 13.5 weeks. I have a phantom 2 lbs that keeps reappearing and disappearing, but other than that I haven't gained any weight yet. I just started being serious about working out and eating healthy this week, and I'm hoping I'll drop a few pounds. BUT, if its going to be a danger to the baby I don't want to... Any advice? I suffered from an eating disorder in college and so I have a tough time dealing with extra weight on me - it makes me really unhappy. I'm thrilled once I have my big baby-belly, though! Right now I still feel mostly bloated, although my tummy did pop out last week.<br><br>
About abs, you have to be really careful doing them later in pregnancy because your abdominal muscles can seperate. That is not a fun experience I've heard!
 
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